.28 Nosler vs .300 Winchester Magnum

28 Nosler vs 300 Win Mag Blog Feature

Hey all, we here at True Shot Academy wanted to go over two potent rifle cartridges, the .28 Nosler and the .300 Winchester Magnum. We are going to provide a brief overview of both cartridges while touching on their use cases and other aspects.

Essentially, we have one round that is newer and growing in popularity and another which has been around and remained popular for over half a century. Without further ado, let’s get into it.


What is .28 Nosler?

The .28 Nosler was developed in 2015 by Nosler. While the cartridge is originally derived from the .300 Remington Ultra Magnum, the round is ultimately a compact version of the 7mm Remington Ultra Magnum.

The round utilizes a smaller projectile and is optimized for long range shooting and high velocity. For example, a 160 grain AccuBond loading from Nosler in the caliber will be pushing 3,300 feet per second (FPS). While the round is relatively new, the cartridge has been establishing itself in the market as a viable choice among a variety of shooters.


What is .300 Winchester Magnum?

The .300 Winchester Magnum, or .300 Win Mag, was developed in 1963 and is a belted magnum cartridge. The round was based upon the .375 Holland & Holland Magnum, featuring a shorter case and a smaller projectile. Throughout its existence, the .300 Win Mag has been utilized by law enforcement and military entities, mainly due to its accuracy and lethality at extended ranges.

When it comes to precision rifle matches, the cartridge has been utilized by shooters to win competitions at distances of 1,000 yards and beyond. The round has also established itself as a potent and effective hunting round as it will ethically take large-sized game.

At the end of the day, the .300 Win Mag is a popular and long-standing cartridge which has been popular and enjoyed by a variety of shooters for over half a century.

28 Nosler
28 Nosler

Availability of Firearms

As far as options on the market go, one will encounter more firearms chambered in the .300 Win Mag than those chambered in .28 Nosler. This is mainly due to the fact that the .300 Win Mag

When it comes to finding firearms chambered in either caliber, one will mainly encounter bolt action rifles. Some semi-automatic examples exist for the .300 Win Mag, such as the Nemo Arms Omen line of rifles, but offerings like this are outnumbered by bolt action examples. All in all, if one wishes to acquire a rifle chambered in either cartridge, they won’t have an issue finding something they like.


Availability of Ammunition

As far as finding ammunition, one will be able to find more ammunition for the .300 Win Mag than the .28 Nosler cartridge. Again, this is mainly due to the fact that the .28 Nosler hasn’t been around nearly as long as the .300 Win Mag.

It should also be noted that some .28 Nosler loadings, particularly those from Nosler themselves, tend to have high costs and demand premium prices. That being said, most specific types of ammunition tend to have high costs which vary depending on the round and particular aspects of a given loading. It should just be noted that some of the Nosler options tend to be particularly expensive.

Typically, the .28 Nosler can be found in weights ranging from 120 to 185 grains. As far as projectiles go, one will find a variety of options ranging from traditional offerings like soft points and hollow points, more specialized options such as AccuBond or ELD-X projectiles.

Generally, the .300 Win Mag will be encountered in a variety of weights which range from 150 to 200 grains.

Like most rifle rounds, one will often encounter full metal jacket, hollow point, and soft point projectiles, the .300 Win Mag can also be found with specialty projectiles suited to specific use cases. For example, you can find Hornady V-Max or ELD-X projectiles or even lead-free Barnes TTSX bullets to suit your precision shooting or hunting needs. At the end of the day, one can browse a myriad of options for both cartridges and find a load which is best suited to their individual needs.


What do you use .28 Nosler for?

The .28 Nosler will typically be utilized by hunters as it is versatile and will take a wide variety of game. The cartridge will ethically take anything from varmints to big game. The round is particularly well-suited to longer range hunting as the round will generally retain its lethality out to ranges of up to 1,200 yards.

While not as well known in the precision world as the .300 Win Mag and other cartridges, the round is certainly suited for this application as well. For hunting applications or long-range target shooting, you can’t go wrong with the .28 Nosler.

PPU NEMO 300 Win
PPU NEMO 300 Win

What do you use .300 Winchester Magnum for?

Primarily, the .300 Win Mag will excel in uses such as hunting and precision shooting. When it comes to hunting, the .300 Win Mag will excel at humanely dispatching big game such as moose and bear with the proper loadings.

When it comes to precision shooting, the round is well-known for its performance at long ranges. Particularly, the cartridge is capable of reaching out to and exceeding distances of over 1,000 yards. Whether you’re hunting or shooting long-range, the .300 Win Mag won’t let you down.



At the end of the day, both cartridges are viable and supported in today’s market. While more support is afforded to the .300 Win Mag, there is a fair amount of support for the .28 Nosler which is growing steadily over time.

One will be well-served by either cartridge as they are versatile and well-suited to a variety of uses. Regardless of the caliber you choose, you cannot go wrong with either and we here at True Shot have ammunition to feed your firearms. Happy shooting.



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